Path and Pavement Bicycles

 

Which Path & Pavement Bike should I buy?

 

Path and Pavement bikes are urban bikes that are designed with a greater focus on comfort and style rather than outright speed or durability. The bikes are designed to look good, whilst being easy and comfortable to ride. They prefer conveniences like kick stands, carbon belt drives, and pannier racks rather than the weight savings by not including such additions.

There are a number of different categories including the popular hybrid bike. Hybrid bikes make use of road bike size wheels for increased speed, combined with the durability of a mountain bike frame and components. Using slightly larger tyres combined with a short travel fork, the bike is more comfortable than a regular flat bar road bike. Vintage, Ladies or City bikes allow the rider to be more upright than a conventional bike, and often feature balloon tyres, baskets, fenders and a step through frame for easy dismounting.

Lastly the urban commuter bikes are designed to be efficient, low maintenance and able to withstand the any punishment the urban jungle might throw at it, whether it be pot holes, gutters or crowded bike racks.

 

Compare Path & Pavement Bikes

CATEGORIES
MODEL
ADVANTAGES
DISADVANTAGES
IDEAL FOR
City Bike with Solid Fork

Urban Bike with Solid Fork

  • Great all rounder. 
  • Lightweight durable alloy frame
  • Tyres are wider which increases stability and comfort
  • Disc brakes give great stopping power
  • Plenty of gears for all uphills
  • Comfortable seating position
  • Lighter than a mountain bike

 

  • Slightly heavier than an endurance or flat bar road bike
  • A commuter that will ride on roads, bike lanes and pavements
  • Fast and reliable bike to commute up to 30km
  • Lightweight bike to carry over steps, into garages and storage lockers
City Bike with Front Suspension

Hybrid Bike with Front Suspension  

  • Lighweight durable alloy frame
  • Front suspension adds comfort to the bike and allows it to be ridden on light off road trails
  • Tyres are wider which increases stability and comfort
  • Disc brakes give great stopping power
  •  Plenty of gears for all uphills
  • Comfortable seating position
  • Front suspension adds weight to the bike
  • Not as fast as a Road Bike or a City Bike with Solid Forks
  • Commuter that will occasionally take the bike to dirt roads and fire trails 
  • Sturdy bike to go up and down curbs and a few steps
  • Want the extra comfort of a front suspension
  • Reliable bike to commute up to 30km
Folding Bikes

Folding Bikes

  • Foldable frame takes little space in a garage, car trunk or caravan
  • 20 seconds to fold/unfold the bike
  • Perfect to carry on the bus or train and ride in the city
  • Adjustable seatpost and handlebar match any rider's height
  • Rear rack to carry a bag or purse
  • Small wheels and bike shape not ideal to cover long distances
  • Riders with limited storage capacities 
  • Commuters that take the train or/and bus
  • Caravanist that want a small bike to carry around
Cruiser Bikes

Cruiser Bikes 

  • Perfect bike to cruise around town, beach or back country
  • Upright riding position
  • Alloy frame won't rust
  • Thick tyres add comfort
  • Low maintanence gears and brakes
  • Not ideal as a commuter bike
  • Limited number of gears can make steep uphills hard
  • Limited choice of frame sizes
  • Cruising up and down the beach or down to the cafe
  • Relaxed riding
  • Short to medium duration rides (less than 2 hours)
  • Riders looking for a low maintenence bike
Electric bikes

Electric Bikes

  • Electric motor makes it easier to climb hills and ride around
  • Shorter travel time
  • Lightweight electric bike meaning you can still pedal if battery runs out
  • Upright riding position
  • Electric motor with limited range (25 to 50km)
  • Heavier than a "normal" bike
  • Commuter wanting the extra help of the electric motor to ride to work and not get sweaty in the process.
Tandem bikes

Tandem Bikes

  • Fun for 2 on one bike
  • Allows for a person who doesn't know or can't ride a bike to enjoy the full cycling experience in a safe way
  • Alloy frame keeps the bike light
  • Plenty of adjustment to shorter and taller riders
  • Long wheelbase makes manouvering in tight spaces hard
  • Need to remove both wheels to transport in a car
  • People who would like to ride together on the same bike.
  • People who would like to ride with a companion who may have a disability and unable to ride their own bike.

 

Latest Path & Pavement Bikes Reviews
2016 Polygon Path 3 - 29er City Bike

2016 Polygon Path 3 - 29er City Bike

By: on 20 August 2016
From discovery to using the 2016 Polygon Path 3 - 29er City Bike. I have been commuting to work for two years now (Gold Coast), the round trip being 38km, It’s by no means flat route so there is a quite a bit of gear changing and getting off the saddle. My previous bike before the Polygon Path 3, was a specialized mountain bike converted into a ‘hybrid’. I bought this specialized bike 18 years ago, the best money I ever spent. I used this specialized bike to commute to work in London UK (through 3 winters) as well as weekend off road fun. Thought this history would be important for the review of the Polygon Path 3. Just to add, I have been road cycling on and off for 30 years Approximately two months ago I decided it was time to upgrade to a new bike. I stumbled across https://www.bicyclesonline.com.au and found the Polygon Path 3. The price was just right - on a tight budget. After using Bicyclesonline sizing up guide, emailing and phone correspondence, which was OUTSTANDING, I committed to purchasing this 2016 Polygon Path 3 - 29er City Bike. The bike came as advertised, and was very easy to assembly with all tools provided - I was impressed. Just to add, I purchased the pannier rack (https://www.bicyclesonline.com.au/polygon-heist-path-carrier-rack-fits-disc-brakes ) as well, as I have panniers. The assembly took approximately one hour. My clip-in pedals and seat bottle holder were transferred from the old specialised bike without any issues. My ortlieb panniers required only minor adjustments to fit on the new rack and do not interfere with the rear derailer or disc brakes at all. On my first day using the 2016 Polygon Path 3 - 29er City Bike to commute to work I was VERY IMPRESSED. It was quick, the difference is wheel size from 26” to 29” makes a HUGE difference (very similar tyres on specialized). The bike is very smooth and responsive, and the geometry is very similar to my specialised bike which made for an easy transition (http://cyclingtips.com/2011/02/the-geometry-of-bike-handling/ ). The disc breaks as great - my first. Lastly my previous bike had front shocks where this Polygon Path 3 does not, so you feel it a bit more in the hands and arms but a happy trade-off as the bike is more responsive and ergonomic handlebar grips help as well. This is an outstanding value for money bike and highly recommend it.
(5)

Ex Demo / Display 2016 Polygon Path i8 Disc - Carbon Belt Drive City Commuter Bike

Ex Demo / Display 2016 Polygon Path i8 Disc - Carbon Belt Drive City Commuter Bike

By: on 7 July 2016
Perfect for a tall commuter, this large size i8 will be just right for your hassle-free journey, particularly on relatively flat or undulating terrain. I had this particular bike for two weeks but returned it under under the excellent 14 test ride policy. I put only 50 km of city commuting on this i8 but returned it as the setup process back at the factory in Surabaya delivered a bike far from ready to go. Adjustment problems with belt, hub, and a slow leak from the factory, meant the return made sense. For me, the same bike equipped with an 11-speed hub with a longer range would be more suitable for my commuting route, so I have to go 'upmarket' for much more $$$. For a $30 discount, this bike's next owner will be getting an as-new condition i8 that will have been checked & tuned by the team at Bicycles Online before it leaves the shop. This drivetrain has so much potential - set up right! Hydraulic brakes quickly and smoothly pull the i8 up. Trigger shift riders may want to swap the twist grip out for Rapidfire shifters. Those considering a rack need to order one with specific mounts from Bicycles Online - standard racks don't fit the mounts on the i8. Whoever gets this bike next will be happy with this sensational value - and hopefully perfectly tuned - i8. If not, the brilliant 14 day test ride policy will save the day. Happy trails!
(4)

2016 Polygon Path 3 - 29er City Bike

2016 Polygon Path 3 - 29er City Bike

By: on 27 May 2016
Just got my Polygon path 3. All good with the delivery, took my bike to a shop to put it together and it runs beautifully. Excellent work guys, you really do serious business. Thank you.
(5)

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